On Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:16:02 GMT
xolve <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I am going to be upgrading my installation to 12.1. However I am
> confused about which arch to choose 32bit or 64bit. My daily usage is
> like this:
> 1. Web surfing with Firefox and Chrome with Flash, Java plugins
There used to be a problem with Java on x64 when I tried it a few years
ago but it’s OK now.
> 2. Audio, video playbacks usin KDE, Amarok, VLC and mplayer.
I find it makes no difference whether I use x64 or x32, I often have
trouble with sound. Sometimes it doesn’t work or, more confusingly, I
get a pop-up message saying it’s not working whilst sound is blaring
through the speakers. My hardware seems to get the system confused.
Apart from that, I get no trouble.
> 3. Editing files using emacs, open office.
No bother with Libre Office. Not used emacs.
Can’t help with 4, 5, 6.
> Please tell about the hardware and software issues that might happen
> when using 64bit openSuse.
Earlier this year, I had a little bother with nVidia driver (at least
I think that’s what it was) on x32 which went away when I switched to
I did have a problem with Thunderbird’s Lightning plug-in which they
only provided as 32-bit and I had to hunt for a 64-bit version. The
64-bit version of TB was, according to Mozilla, provided by openSUSE
and their response was basically “not our problem.” There seems to be
no trouble with that now as the plug-in gets updated automatically.
On the whole, x64 seems to be working better for me than x32 but that
may only be true for my hardware. All I can say is “suck it and see.”
Graham Davis, Bracknell, Berks.
openSUSE 11.4 (64-bit); KDE 4.7.3; AMD Phenom II X2 550 Processor;
Video: nVidia GeForce 210 (using nVidia driver);
Sound: ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA); Wireless: BCM4306